U.S. Senate members yesterday introduced the Safe and Complete Streets Act of 2011, designed to create safer streets with every project built. Led by Senator Tom Harkin (IA), the measure would direct states and regions to adopt policies to provide for the needs of all users of the transportation system, including people of all ages and abilities who are walking, bicycling, and taking the bus.

In Spokane, a group including representatives from the City of Spokane, SRTC, Spokane Regional Health District, Spokane Valley, Spokane County, Futurewise, the Lands Council and many more, have been working toward a Complete Streets policy. The Spokane City Council passed a Complete Streets resolution a while back and work is ongoing behind the scenes to move toward adopting a CS policy.

The Down to Earth Blog has more on the Safe and Complete Streets Act of 2011.

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